December 12, 2013

Words Give Wings To Success

It never ceases to amaze me how so many people can overlook the most simple bits of knowledge! The types of things you and I take as “common knowledge” required […]


It never ceases to amaze me how so many people can overlook the most simple bits of knowledge! The types of things you and I take as “common knowledge” required for success – whether in our business, our relationships or our personal development, others go through life without ever learning.

This came to my attention once again when a story ran in Inc. magazine and on their website this week called “10 Things Extraordinary People Say Every Day” and looking at the list, I fully agreed with every phrase… besides having a few of my own I would add. But, what truly struck me was the fact that this was even newsworthy, since everyone I learned from and who I now work with have learned and practice this daily.

Then it occurred to me, WOW 98% of the people out there really DON’T know these simple things and what should be common knowledge really isn’t very common in our world today!

Unfortunately, these “little things” can make a HUGE difference in your level of success in every area of your life. While the list they published is mostly geared toward business readers (because the gross assumption is that “business” is the only place where success either counts or can be measured!), I propose you strive for success in EVERY part of your life!

After all, how meaningful would your business success be if your marriage or family were in shambles? If you had no friends? If you couldn’t find personal peace and happiness? If you had untold riches but an incurable illness? If you had no sense of purpose or goals outside of simply making more money?

See what I mean! Without this “balance” of success, the other parts can lose their luster and meaning. But, to achieve this well-rounded, fulfilling life you can’t overlook the “little things” that will distinguish you from the crowd.

And, the “10 Things” this article suggests separate the extraordinary individuals from, well, you know… the “ordinary” are:

  • “Here’s what I’m thinking.”
  • “I was wrong.”
  • “That was awesome!”
  • “You’re welcome.”
  • “Can you help me?”
  • “I’m sorry.”
  • “Can you show me?”
  • “Let me give you a hand.”
  • “I love you!”
  • NOTHING! (Because silence can be very powerful, too!)

I would suggest a few more like “Please” and “Thank You” along with “What I heard you say” and several others designed to open up lines of communication, minimize misunderstandings and solidify relationships. Most importantly, you should never miss the chance to express how valuable those in your life – at work, at home, in the community – are to you! Let them know with your words, because everyone needs to not only see the actions, but sometimes we just need to hear those words.

Using these simple phrases can build bridges and lead to really BIG things! And, if you know someone who hasn’t picked up on these “common knowledge” lessons, you can share some of YOUR secrets with them!

What words mean the most to you… and who do you like to hear say them? Please share with me below, as well as with your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors and Facebook or Twitter networks. After all, even “fans” and “followers” like to know they’re appreciated, too!

Don’t forget to join me this Sunday for The Dani Johnson Show at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT. Because, I know sometimes you need to hear the words too, so tune in via TV, radio, live stream on your computer or even your smartphone!


In great faith,


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